Lincoln-Way East student conducts research at school, helps other students
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Student Adam Pleasant has had an avid interest in science since five years old. Currently enrolled in medical anatomy, physiology, and AP physics courses at Lincoln-Way East, Pleasant has been able to arrange his course schedule to match his interests. Additionally, he joined Science Club during his junior year where he was encouraged to conduct scientific research in order to submit a project to the Regeneron Science Talent Search.

Pleasant began exploring possible topics of research, ultimately settling on electromagnetic fields and their effect on germination. With the guidance of Mr. Wes Cooley, his AP Physics teacher, Pleasant worked on setting up trials for his experiment. Cooley answered Pleasant’s questions regarding increasing electromagnetic fields for each trial, ultimately leading Pleasant to discover that an increase in the magnetic field equates to an increase in both the root length and germination rate. Pleasant submitted his research project to the Regeneron Science Talent Search in November of 2016.

With his experiment submitted, Pleasant now helps underclassmen begin researching as well. Upon graduation from Lincoln-Way East, Pleasant plans to attend Loyola University and major in Biophysics.

“Science at LWE has taught me a lot through these last four years. The most important lesson I've learned though, is to never give up,” says Pleasant. “…But this lesson is so valuable because it doesn't just pertain to science. There are many times in life when we are faced with problems that we perceive as ‘impassable obstacles.’ Lincoln-Way East has taught me that no matter what obstacle I face in life, no matter how impossible it may seem, there is always a way to get past it. All you have to do is never give up.”